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(cheers and applause) ♪ >> jon: welcome to the daily show. i'm jon stewart. my guest tonight, tavis smiley, author of "death of a king." it's fantastic. but first, we turn to isis. the terrorist insurgent group slash rogue nation, slash all-around living nightmare,
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slash-possible boy band. yes, different i.s.i.s. our president's spent the past few weeks working on a strategy for dealing with them, to replace our previous strategy of... "strategy t-b-d." >> why is it everybody's eager to use military force? the issue with syria is what we're not going to be able to do is to play whack-a-mole and chase wherever extremists appear. >> jon: extremist wha
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whack-a-mole. he may be my least favorite whack-a-mole. the republicans do have a strategy. >> if i'm the president, i'll kill every one of those bastards. >> kill every one of them. >> whack them. >> pound them. >> bloi them to smithereens. >> scorch the earth. >> wipe them out all of them. >> jon: that last one should "not" be in there. i specifically said "no" dick cheney clips! we have a tarantino america that cleanses through slow motion
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blood bath or nothing. last night barack obama broke out his i kill bin laden strut to deliver the verdict! >> first, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. if you threaten america, you will find no safe haven. our objective is clear. we will degrade and ultimately destroy i.s.i.l. >> jon: we have our answer. (applause) all right, well, last night, our mom jeans-wearing socialist dictator tyrant pacifist went full america (bleep), yeah! >yeah. >> abroad, american leadership is the one constant. it has the capacity and the will to mobilize against terrorists.
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as americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. the strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us while supporting partners on the front lines is one we've successfully pursued in yemen and somalia for years. >> laug(laughter) >> jon: i don't know if you want to cite a successful anti-terrorist strategy that we have been pursuing -- for years! (laughter) it's like peppy le pew citing his successful seduction strategy of relentless unconsummated cat talking. what caused the president to cite his success in somalia and yemen as his strategy against i.s.i.s.? >> according to a recent poll, 91% of those asked believed the islamic state group is a threat
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to the united states. >> 65% supporting airstrikes against sunni insurgents into syria. >> jon: 65% support airstrikes! that's a full 15 percentage points. more than the percentage of americans who can correctly identify syria on a map. (applause) isn't that nice? hey, what are you going to do? if i don't know where it is, probably not worth keeping. (laughter) if that country was so great, wouldn't i be able to point to it? c'mon! (laughter) it seems president obama has sur surrendered, which means we're going to war. i.s.i.s. isn't just our problem, it's the world. >> a core coalition of ten countries including canada, britain, france, germany, italy, poland, denmark, australia, but only -- >> jon: i'm going to need to see this on the big board. ahhh! that looks awful christian-eee.
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a little bit of a cre crusadeee vibe. >> but only officially includes one muslim nation, turkey. >> jon: we only need one! >> that turkey is well on board for any sort of military action may be a problem for turkey. >> jon we can't go to war against a muslim group without a muslim ally. it's like going to a one direction concert without a pre-teen girl. can we not get some partners from islamic countries a kind of "muslim brotherhood", if you will? everyone is saying creep alert! a large not lit up area in the region right around where i guess you would caw where the problem is. can we not get partners from the islamic country, a group of
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them, perhaps kind of a muslim brotherhood for lack of a better word? >> iran is at present the only regional country here that has been active in helping the iraqi military and government on the ground. >> jon:ine. that's all quef got, iran. the country whose main fuel source is the burning of our flags. and obviously their huge supplies offoil. seems to me joining the western world with the big dog of the shiite world might be late weird. if i remember correctly, in this area of nothing happening, nobody joining, the united states has supplied the area with billions in technology and military training -- so, fellers -- >> there is an agreement from the saudis today they will create bases or permit the syrian army to train and merge
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will be training them. >> jon: oh, thank you so much! so while america fights the group who wants to talk the saudis down, the saudis are letting us crash on their couch! thanks! thanks for making yourself available on airstrikes bnd. oh, you're so great! but you know what? once again -- (applause) >> jon: once again, in our excitement to export american boomocracy, we may be forget ago very important lesson. >> we can't erase every trace of evil from the world. >> jon: don't tell me! tell you! >> jon: don't tell me! tell "you"! there is no way to keep terrorists from operating against us.
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to until this part of the world desietdz that it irks them that the belief system they hold sacred is misrepresented to justify a perpetual violence machine, unless it sees past sectarian lines and national borders that we drew -- okay, we'll give you that -- the united states can't fix it because it can't be fixed by waving a magic bomb -- not that we don't have one of those in [ male announcer ] are your party foods a party fail?
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>> obamacare literally may kill you. >> good, keep going. >> the worst thing that's happened in this nation since slavery. >> that's what i'm talking about. now that the law is here and effect let's see what this (bleep) storm has brought. >> every day the experience with obamacare is improving. >> will cost $5 billion less than projected. >> the lowest uninsured rate. >> premiums lower than expected. >> stop! stop! that's not like slavery at all. there's problems with the problems with obamacare and now only 36% of americans support repeal. to get america to fall back in hate with the law, i need help. i sat down with betsy death panel mccoy. it's been a tough road for the critics of this law. the people behind repealing this, how are we going to get them on our side? >> i'm going to just turn this off for a second. >> but she was too upset to talk about it -- i guess.
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so it was up to me to find a new dooms-day diagnosis to stop obamacare. nurse janet. >> i lost my job as a direct result of obamacare. >> yeah, obamacare will murder your job. that is gold. nurse's job killed to death by obamacare. you look at that camera and tell me how heart broken you are. >> i am so thrilled to have lost that job. >> wait, you're happy about losing your job? >> i ran a free clinic and a janitor's lunchroom, obamacare came along and my patients were for the first time able to get insurance to take care of their healthcare needs. >> (bleep) it. i can spin this. patients tie rankly removed from a janitor's lunchroom, tragically receiving healthcare -- >> there is nothing tragic here. nobody is calling me to ask for free healthcare anymore.
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>> because of obamacare. >> because of obamacare. >> but i said that in a negative way. you're saying it in a happy way. >> yes, i am. it works! >> maybe a visit to the former clinic/janitor's lunchroom would help the tears flow. joined by the former medical director dr. mary, we toured the state-of-the-art medical facility equipped with the dirty cups and all the random trash patients could ever need. >> this is where our optometrist and ophthalmologists would do diabetic eye checks. >> and obamacare kicked these people out of this room >> yes. getting care can prevent renal care and many other things. >> how does that math work? >> those things i talked about, the complications cost a lot more than a month's source of insulin and a few blood tests. >> whatever. i was going to at least walk out
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with a sad group hug. >> no sad hugs. we're happy. >> oh. >> give yourself a hug. >> i'm going that, thank you. >> i'd had enough of uninformed opinions of healthcare professionals. time to go to the horse's mouth. the former patients of the clinic now living the nightmare that is obamacare. >> raise your hands if you think obamacare will destroy america. okay. i see what you're doing. don't raise your hands if you think obamacare will destroy america. >> with obamacare, i have a great doctor and everything seems to be working in my direction now. >> my experiences have been excellent. >> they were giving me nothing. obviously biased by their personal positive experiences. little consolation for janet who remains tragically jobless. you're probably spending your days doing nothing now.
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>> no, actually, i have moved on. now i can go elsewhere and do other things needed by other people. i'm working on causes that says human trafficking. >> you moved to human trafficking? obamacare forces nurse into sex slave trade. that is great! (laughter) >> that's not exactly right. >> luckily, to be an obamacare critic, this is us, this is obamacare. being right is not a job requirement. >> jon: jordan klepper, we'll ♪ t-mobile's network has more data capacity than verizon or at&t. it's a network designed data strong.
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(cheers and applause) >> jon: my guest tonight, the host and managing editor, travis travis, new book called "death of a king," please welcome to the program, tavis smiley! (cheers and applause)
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how are you? >> well, sir. how are you? >> jon: doing so well. "death of a king." you've written this book. it's coming out in september. i would think generally they would say, let's get this out for martin luther king's birthday or the anniversary of his death. why september? >> in the introduction, i say his martyr democrat has muffled his message. if you put the book out in january, it gets connected and caught up with the holiday. you put it out in february he gets blackennized. in february, he's more than a figure, he's an icon. i didn't want him blackennized in february. put it out in april when he's assassination you get caught up in the martyrdom.
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in september, hopefully you can have a conversation about the last year of his life and the sacrifice that he made. >> jon: you're looking to take an american icon and humanize him so that this country can have a serious and real discussion about the issues of race and martin luther king. well, that's where you went wrong. (laughter) >> imagine that, a serious conversation. (laughter) >> jon: i think, as someone who always admired dr. king, the last year of his life, he really fell upon difficult times for himself. >> mm-hmm. >> jon: he seemed to have lost that drive, in a way. what happened? >> well, i don't think he lost the drive. >> jon: right. >> the country didn't want to hear the truth he was telling because that truth, jon, may have been too subversive for the nation to handle. whether you're jon stewart, tavis smiley or anybody in the audience watching tonight, you come to know who you are in the
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darkest and most difficult days of our lives. so if you don't know dr. king and the journey of the last mile of the way, you don't know him because when king comes out against the war in vietnam and calls america the greatest purvey yore of violence in the world today, this is a black man winning the nobel peace prize telling america you are the greatest purvey yore of violence in the world. and then talked about the triple threat of racism, poverty and militarism and then organizes a poor people's campaign. basically, they tell him, negro, we told you you could talk about civil rights but not foreign policy, you don't tell america how to spend its money. he was saying the bombs is what you're spending the money on. johnson doesn't like he's against the vietnam war. so the johnson white house turns on him and the media turns on him. read now in this book what the
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liberal "new york times," the liberal "washington post," thyme magazine," they turn on him. the last poll taken, 75% of americans thought he was irrelevant in the last year of his life. hold on to your hat. almost 60% of black folk thought dr. king was persona nongray at that. he couldn't get his policies on the poor people's campaign. we deified him in death. we haven't come to terms with him yet. (applause) >> jon: if i may, i'll end the interview and go read this. (applause) there is no end to this type of truth being told to america that we don't want to hear and, so, the cycle continues.
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at some level, to ask us to face the reality of our past and our history, while still maintaining all that you believe is good and enduring about this country, you will be vilified. >> indeed. >> jon: and the same goes for today and all that he had done was washed away in those statements. >> i don't mean to proselytize, but king before anything was a minister of the doctor. he was reverend dr. king. we sang "must jesus bear the cross alone and all the world go free? no, there's a cross for everyone and a cross for me." we all have our cross to bear in life and the point is the more truth you tell the closer you are to getting up on the cross because we don't want to deal with people who tell us the truth. so this is a cautionary tale for america right now. there are people right now, i see them on your show every night, who are doing their best
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to tell us the truth about america today, what we're doing to the environment, and we're turning a deaf ear. the issue of poverty, don't want to hear it. the drone program on steroids, don't want to talk about that. so people are trying to get us to deal with unsettling truths we don't want the hear, but king's life points out there is a price to pay for ignoring society's truth tellers. >> jon: why is nostalgia such a powerful eraser of these realities? why is it so easy to erase the real history? >> great question. because it is easy to celebrate dead martyrs because they're not here to hold you accountable or put the truth in your face. >> jon: would he hold us accountable? >> absolutely. he would certainly celebrate barack obama, first african-american president, but on this day, september 11, when the headline in every paper in this country is we're going to start this all over again -- >> jon: right. stick around. we'll talk a little bit more. there are things going on in the
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